What is a server and why do I need one? A server can be boiled down to any computer that has a primary and dedicated purpose, in contrast with a workstation, a general use computer that may share resources in a peer to peer fashion. Typically, servers are used in environments where security is a concern, or industry specific software needs to be run from a central location so that many workstations may utilize its resources.
A network server is a computer designed to process requests and deliver data to other (client) computers over a local network or the Internet.Network servers typically are configured with additional processing, memory and storage capacity to handle the load of servicing clients.
Now I know you’re next question is most likely “What would I use a server for?”. Servers are best used in environments (commercial or residential) that have multiple computers wanting to utilize the same resources. Those resources could be client files, point of sale software, even your music or movie collection. A central backup location is often a reason for utilizing a server in your home or business as well the now retired Windows Home Server was a perfect example of this.
There are several advantages to using a server:
1) Centralization :There is a centralized control. Servers help in administering the whole set-up. Access rights and resource allocation is done by the server. Your antivirus can be run on the server, limiting the resources used on each and every workstation, your growing database files can be run directly from the server, limiting the chance for proprietary company information to leave the workplace on a laptop,tablet or other mobile device.
2) File Management : All the files are stored at the same place. Management of files becomes easy, and it is easier to find files, share files, and restrict access to files and data.
3) Backup and Recovery possible : All the data stored on the server is easy to back. In case of a crash, it becomes much easier to recover the data.
4) Scalability : As your needs change or your collection grows, you can upgrade your server as opposed to upgrading each computer. Putting the heavy computing tasks on the server, that is built to handle those tasks, often with multiple processors, much more memory, and faster storage systems, is ideal. Future expansion in most tower and rackmount servers is a selling point as well.
5) Accessibility : Most servers can be configured for security, permission based remote access to applications, files, printers, and other necessary resources through technologies like virtual private networking (VPN), Remote Web Workplace, a Microsoft Small Business Server technology, and countless other remote access/control commercial software available.
6) Security : Rules defining security and access rights can be defined at the time of set-up of the server and as your needs change. Disabling access to server resources upon employee separation, requiring secure passwords to access network resources, and protecting company data (databases, Quickbooks company file, confidential emails, etc).
It probably won’t surprise you to find out that a server typically costs more than a desktop, but then again, a server is designed to do more than a desktop. It may surprise you to find out an entry-level server doesn’t cost that much more than a mid-ranged desktop and may fit more comfortably into your technology budget than you might have considered. Many file or print, and Web servers (two of the most common uses for servers) come well equipped for a reasonable price.
The most important thing you can do is to make sure your server needs are met. Until you have a good understanding of exactly what you want to use your server for, you run the risk of not buying enough server power or spending too much of your valuable budget on features you simply don’t need. This is where the experts Geek Easy Computers can help you. We can assess your current setup, and develop a server configuration that will meet your needs and your budget! Call us today to schedule a free initial assessment of your needs, existing infrastructure, and help develop a plan for future IT expansion/upgrades.
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